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POSTED 3/2/2020

There are just a few places left for the Institute for Compassionate Conservation (ICC) and Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) award winning field course studying Asian elephants in Thailand this summer! For the third consecutive year our research-intensive study abroad program is welcoming college students to our field site in rural northern Thailand to engage in applied compassionate conservation research. The program is awarded by Conservation Careers as a top conservation training opportunity.  

ICC and MEF are pioneering in elephant rewilding (see our most recent published journal article here) and community based conservation through sustainable ecotourism (see some of our recent press here). The participating students will have the chance to directly engage in this exciting research. Dr. Liv Baker and the highly skilled MEF team will accompany the students into the field to study rewilded elephants in their natural habitat. In the field, students are immersed in the culture of a S’gaw Karen village. Students from previous years have called the experience “life changing” and said that it “greatly influenced [their] educational and career path”.


The session runs from July 26 to August 22 in Thailand. The application deadline is April 1st and we have just a couple of places remaining. We would appreciate your willingness to share this opportunity with your department’s students. Please feel free to contact myself or Dr. Liv Baker ( with any questions or when you would like to receive our detailed information brochure and application form


Thank you for your time,

Mara van Maarschalkerweerd, MSc  

POSTED: 2/21/20

The Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference (MUCSC), is a fully student-run organization dedicated to providing opportunities for undergraduates to practice their research presentation skills through poster sessions and live talks. We are currently seeking abstract submissions from passionate students interested in presenting at our 12th annual conference on April 4th, 2020. The abstract deadline is March 6th.


UPDATED: 3/27/2020

Danta is pleased to announce our 2020 field courses in tropical biology. Our courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

 DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

 As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at and/or email For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms -

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates:  July 11-July 26, 2020.

Program Fee: $2600

Application deadline:  June 15, 2020


Course Description:  

Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 10 – July 2, 2020

Program Fee: $3500

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Course Description:  

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: June 10-June 25, 2020

Program fee: $2600

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Course Description:  

Field Excursion

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.



DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics

PO Box 411

1200 Veterans Memorial Blvd

Huntington, WV 25701


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